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Free HAF activities to return for summer holidays

by Jonathan Kearney

Children and young people across Knowsley can once again look forward to a range of FREE healthy activities throughout the summer holidays as part of the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme.

During the Easter school holidays over 3,000 Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme places were taken up, with activities offered by 21 different providers.

The HAF programme, delivered by Knowsley SNAP, offer a wide range of free activities, with a meal included as part of each session.

During the Easter break there was an uptake of over 77% of places, which is the highest uptake since the HAF programme was launched in Knowsley.

Government funding has been allocated to deliver HAF activities in Knowsley over the next three years.

A full activity programme will take place during the school summer holidays, with more details coming very soon.

Details, including how to book and a map showing activity locations, will appear on the One Knowsley website.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “It’s brilliant to see children and young people across Knowsley are taking advantage of the fantastic free activities on offer during the school holidays. These activities can be genuinely life-changing and provide opportunities that may otherwise have not been available.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “I’m delighted to see the HAF programme continue to grow in popularity in the borough because there are some fantastic opportunities for children and young people to take advantage of and I know families really appreciate the support.”

Racheal Jones, CEO of One Knowsley, said: “One Knowsley is delighted to continue to coordinate a response across Knowsley from the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector, to deliver a programme of Sports, Nutrition and Active Play (SNAP) during the school holiday period for the borough’s children, young people and their families.

“I am incredibly proud of the continued response from the VCFSE sector and their collaborative approach to provide enrichment activities and nutritional food during school holiday periods through community-based settings.”